Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2017 - PGA Fantasy Golf Pool

Next week I'll be sending out the selection sheet for the 2017 PGA Fantasy Golf Pool. A bunch of you participated last year. Some of you didn't.

It's a "pick and forget" league, requiring you to do zero work after making your initial selections, which makes it perfect for some of you people.

If you didn't play last year and want to give it a shot, make a comment and I'll add your email to the initial distribution list.

Monday, November 28, 2016

More Off-Season Golf

This weekend I can only get out on Saturday morning. I'm going to book something around 9am. Perhaps Heritage Isles, a course that installed new greens this summer and they're in excellent shape. Too bad the layout is tricked up. Booked at Lexington Oaks.

If you'd prefer to play Sunday instead, I believe Gorecki is looking for a game. Make comments below!

And a bunch of you need to fill out the registration form (if anything so I can link up your account). Make your existence count!

Looks like we got 2 full groups for Saturday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weekend Golf - Update

Tall Mike said he'd be in for Friday and Sunday... but we need an update on those rounds:

Black Friday - We have one group booked at Buffalo Creek: Gorecki, Chandler, JW and Hartman.

Gorecki had a 2nd group booked, not sure if he cancelled it though due to lack of interest. He needs to let us know before we can add Tall Mike (and we'd need to find at least one more person).

Sunday - I got one group booked at Southern Hills at 9:30am. Gary, Chandler, Darren and Reid. If MORE of you (Tall Mike) want in, let me know now and we'll try to add another group behind it. But we can't roll up there with 5 people.

Comment away!

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Event Registration Procedure

While most people do a good job keeping me informed as to what events they're playing, there's always a bit of hunting for responses the week of tournament play. Some of you like to roll with the "I'm in unless I say otherwise" mantra. Others tell me at events, which only works if I write it down. And then you have the "I'll have to check my schedule" people, which doesn't help since we need to book events at least a week out.

The process isn't sustainable as we gain new members. We're also almost to the size where we need to book courses further in advance, which might cause financial penalties if people bail after signing up. We'll cross that bridge in a season or two... but for now we need to do something about weekly registration.

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On the right side of the blog near the top is a link that says: "Member Registration." Clicking on that link will take you to a form showing the schedule and corresponding dates. You will be required to sign in with your GoogleID... the same way you would to post a comment. If you don't have a GoogleID, you need to get one. They're free. And Gmail is awesome.

At the bottom of the form, enter your name so I can identify you and link your responses to the blog.

Once you're set up, you can edit your responses whenever you desire and they will automatically update in the list currently below the Official Golf Rankings. A week from each event, I will book enough spots for every member who said "IN." Any extra spots can then be filled with guests, people wanting to join the league next season, and those members who want to get in last minute.

The form is live and ready to go... so fill it out now! Doing so will also help work out any bugs that arise before the season starts on January 8th.

Thanksgiving Week Golf

Here's what I know:

 Thursday: 8am shotgun at Herritage Isles. Reid, myself and Tom. I think we need one more. Reid and I do this every year, and we are home well before Thanksgiving meals. Anyone want the final spot?

 Friday: 9am tee time at Buffalo Creek. Gorecki booked it and somehow convinced me to play. We need 2 more. Every time I've ever played Black Friday it has been a disaster. Buffalo at 9am shouldn't be too bad, though. I hope.

 Comment if you want in on these. I also might post a Sunday round too.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tee it Forward

We did have a lot of fun at Juliette Falls despite some awful play by myself and some by Gorecki. I will say that playing with Gorecki is WAY better than it was a year ago, and he's driving the ball very well. Once he gets over this "can't hit a hybrid" mindset, he might become a mid-tier handicapper in this league.

As you all know, though, Gorecki has been an advocate of teeing it forward to help his game. While we do play a tee box ahead of a lot of folks due to a general lack of talent in the league, I don't know if this is what is meant by "tee it forward":


Maybe trying to catch up with Geoff in handicap has him literally trying to catch up with him on the tee box?  

Keep practicing...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2017 Schedule

Football, weddings and holidays dominate this time of year, but that will all be over soon as 2017 approaches. Scheduling the season isn't fun by any means, so keep in mind that I always follow a few rules:

1) I avoid all major holiday weekends, allowing people to go out of town without missing tournaments.
2) I try not to schedule more than 4 events in a row, giving you a break to make other plans.
3) We won't play on weekends when a large portion of the league is out. Brendan's wedding is an example of this, since 5 of the 12 guys at the time would have missed.
4) We need a few weeks off between seasons, or some of you people will get divorced.
5) We need to end the Summer season AND play the "Ryder Cup" before football starts back up in early September.

Unfortunately, applying those constraints doesn't leave a lot of remaining weekends to play 18 events and a 3-day Ryder Cup tournament. So if you're out of town for a handful of these dates... that's just the consequence of you being too popular. It's not possible for us to move the dates unless a majority of people are out for some reason. The exception is the final event, which will be moved to accommodate anyone who is still mathematically alive. We've never had to do this... but it'll happen eventually.

Put the dates below in your calendar. We need to start sooner than anticipated due to holidays and league conflicts in the summer.

Sunday, January 8th
Sunday, January 15th
Sunday, January 22nd (Major)
----Off for Gasparilla----
Sunday, February 5th
Sunday, February 12th
Sunday, February 19th (Major)
Sunday, February 26th
----Off Week / Makeup Week if Needed----
Sunday, March 12th
Sunday, March 19th (Major)
Sunday, March 26th (Makeup Week if Needed)
Sunday, April 2nd (Makeup Week if Needed)

We will also be implementing a scheduling form, which each member will use to "register" for events. More on this later, but it requires you to use a Google account. If you don't have one, you're only 12 years behind the rest of the world.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Juliette Falls

The course was excellent. Everything was in great shape and the layout is better than anything we have here in Tampa. It has some decent length to it, and a good bit of water. Tons of waste bunkers and thick woods also punish wayward drives. But for the most part it's pretty open off the tee.

Due to the difficulty (130 slope), we'd use it for Four-Ball at our event. It's a shame it's so far away, or else we'd play it in the league.

I'm going to go back up to Ocala again in a few weeks and attempt to play both Candler Hills and Stone Creek in one day. If you're interested, let me know and we'll work out a date.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday Golf Trip

So there are two options for our scouting trip. Drive up and play Juliette Falls... or play 36 holes at Candler Hills and Stone Creek (they're 5 min apart).

I went ahead and booked TWO groups at Juliette Falls. 9:30am. $49 and it comes with a burger and beer.

Updated list in order of those who RSVPd:

Chandler
Geoff
Darren
Gorecki
JW
Garcia
Dave
Troy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

2017 "Ryder Cup" Scouting

There are two things I'm working on this off-season involving our annual team competition. The first is a complete re-branding of the event. I got a name change / theme ready to go, and a trophy that I need to build a base for. The stupidity of it all is on par with something you'd expect from me. But we really need to call it something different, and not something boring like "The Tampa Cup" which another league does in the area.

Once I successfully get the trophy ready (hopefully this month) I'll post the details.

I'm also planning for the event to expand to 16 people, and I'm going to make an attempt at holding it up in Lecanto & Ocala. The idea is to play the final round at Black Diamond, #2 on my personal list of courses I've played in Florida.

To make the trip work, we'd rent a couple of AirBnb houses (there are a bunch of good ones) and we'd need to play two more courses in the area. I have a list of 3 highly ranked courses I need to check out this winter (ratings on GolfAdvisor) to make sure they're worthy.

1) Juliette Falls - 4.5 stars - About $50 on the weekends currently. All recent reviews are excellent. Pictures look great. Long challenging layout with our tees playing 6,269 and 130 slope.

2) Candler Hills - 4.6 stars - Top rated in Ocala area and priced around $55. Seems pretty open off the tee and rated easy: 6,110 yards with a 117 slope. I'm not sure why almost all the reviews are raving about this course, so I might as well go find out.

3) Stone Creek - 4.4 stars - $40 and reviews praise the value, conditions, and say it's easy to score well. The length is hidden in two of the par 5s, so we'd have to tee it back to 6,371 at a 119 slope.

So who wants to go try one of these on Sunday, November 13th? They're a bit of a drive but we could even knock off two of them in one trip if you are adventurous enough.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October Handicap Tracker

More rounds played this month equaled some shifts in handicaps and rankings. Here are some notes:

Dan took over the top spot of lowest handicap by.. NOT recording any rounds in October. Dave recorded 2 rounds in the mid eighties and witnessed his HC go up by almost a half point. Crazy.

Chandler played several rounds this month scoring in low eighties and a 78 which in turn drops his handicap to a personal best (I believe) 7.9. No need to compliment him on this feat given his ego.

The Gary/Darren/Faz/Buchert log jam continued with Gary and Darren slipping some and Faz and Buchery improving. Would be interesting to see how this foursome competes come next season.

Brendan played a couple courses including The Claw (why??) and shaved almost a whole point off his.

Darryl couldn't handle having me as his boss and retired (again) from the construction industry to instead pursue his card on the Senior Tour. So he's retaking lessons and as a result we see his HC go the wrong way and jump a point and a half! Well hopefully the "gotta get worse before getting better" comes true as he has some work to do before next season and Scotland.

Geoff did NOT like being in the cellar so with 2 rounds posted in the mid nineties he leap frogs JW and I. Then JW plays a couple rounds and watches his handicap slip just enough to fall below me. With me not playing or practicing at all this month (ouch) I hope my swing and play doesn't regress.

Well keep posting opportunities to play on the blog and send Chandler your scores. With Fall weather approaching we might actually be comfortable out on the links!